The Dallas Mavericks have another top spot to fill this offseason.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told owner Mark Cuban he would not return next season.
“After many personal conversations [owner] During last week’s Mark Cuban, today I informed him that I would not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. It was only my decision.” Carlisle said in a statement.
The resignation came a day after longtime general manager Donnie Nelson was fired.
Carlisle, who had two years remaining on his contract, had been the head coach of the Mavericks since 2008, leading the team to the NBA title in 2011. He left Dallas as the most winning coach in franchise history with a 555–478 record.
“My family and I have had an amazing 13 years of experience working with great people in a great city. Mark, it has been an honor to work with Cintu [Mavs exec Cynt Marshall], donnie, and [VP of basketball operations Michael Finley]handjob [assistant GM] Keetho [Grant]milf dirky [Nowitzki]handjob jakiddy [Jason Kidd] And every player and assistant coach I’ve ever had here,” Carlisle said. “Dallas will always be at home, but I’m excited about the next chapter of my coaching career.”
Carlisle will surely have another chance to handle a team. The Boston Celtics are a team to watch. As a player, Carlisle won a championship for Boston in 1986. The Indiana Pacers, Portland Trailblazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards also have head-coach openings.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban said: “Rick informed me today of his decision to step down as head coach.” “Apart from being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and confidante. Rick helped us bring the O’Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will cherish forever. I want to thank Rick for giving him this franchise and this city. We wish him the best.”
Carlisle is the seventh NBA coach to step down this season. It follows a coaching change with the Magic, Celtics, Pacers, Blazers, Pelicans and Wizards. Washington and New Orleans both announced the change on Wednesday.
GM angered an already disgruntled Luka Doncic after Nelson’s firing on Wednesday, 24 years later.
“It was very hard for me,” Star Guard Said of Nelson’s firing. “I really like Donnie. I’ve known him since I was a kid and he was the one who groomed me [in 2018]. It was hard for me to watch, but I’m not the one to decide there.